For the last few weeks, the airwaves, radio frequencies, and cyber highways have been inundated with coverage of Occupy Wall Street and its iterations across the nation. Our most prominent news outlets have by turns scoffed and marveled at the movement. There is no denying that Occupy Wall Street has gained momentum. And how. Here in San Antonio, the coverage of, involvement in, and reaction to #OccupySanAnto are as varied as anywhere else. Major news outlets will have you believe that the bulk of occupiers are directionless, bitter, renegade protesters who are unable to articulate what their grievances are, much less what they demand anyone do about them. Anyone who bothers to attend any of the Occupy protests or do a little research, however, will find a common thread. Occupiers, at Wall Street and in cities across the nation, are pulling at this thread and unraveling the carefully devised lies that a fraction of our population has benefited from tremendously while the overwhelming majority languishes in debt and a faces a bleak economic landscape.
Note to the Police, from Tim in Tucson:
If you are a police officer, you need to stop and take a moment to consider what you are doing. You are facing one of the most critical times in your career, and possibly your whole life. The demonstrations aren’t crimes being committed by criminals. These are ordinary citizens exercising their Constitutional rights! These are members of your community. They are your neighbors. Some of your friends, and possibly some of your family are participants as well.
So, go look into the mirror at home after your next shift, and really, really contemplate what you are doing. Who are you going to side with?
Are you going to follow orders, violate these people’s rights, and give yourself up to the wealthy elite who want to own you? Are you going to give yourself up to the few in this country who want to destroy the rights and lives of the people in your community?
Or are you going to find the courage within you to realize that you are a member of your community, too, and that you share so much in common with the citizens participating in the protests than with the wealthy elite? Are you going to find the courage to defend the rights of your fellow citizens? Are you ready to stand with the 99%, and be a proud member of your community?
As you stare into the mirror contemplating what to do, you also need to realize that what is happening now all across the country is that the people have given up on our political-economic system and have taken to the streets to demand real change. If you look at history, you will realize that movements like this always result in change, regardless of how long it takes. The people WILL be victorious.
So how do you want to be remembered in the future? Realize that the people will see videos of your actions. They will be able to identify each and every one of you, and see how you treat your fellow citizens during the protests. Will you be seen as a villain, or a hero?
To all of you who are members of the police: The choice is yours, and only yours to decide who you will side with. Remember that there will be consequences for your choice, so choose wisely!